Cape Town - NWU Pukke captain, Jeandré Rudolph, took the lead to secure a bonus-point victory in this year’s Varsity Cup as they clinched the match 37-7 over the NMMU-Madibaz.
In the third minute of the clash, it was the boot of Schalk Hugo who opened the score for the home team to put them in a favourable position when he successfully converted the penalty for offside, to put the NWU-Pukke up 3-0 against the NMMU Madibaz.
A short lineout created another opportunity for the home side as Wilmar Arnoldi flew over the try line for his fourth Varsity Cup try, to put five points on the board. Hugo successfully converted the try to kept the scoreboard ticking at 10-0.
A few moments later it was Elden Schoeman who bagged the second try for the NWU-Pukke to extend their lead to 17-0.
Seven minutes before half time the NMMU-Madibaz kicked for the corner but their discipline lacked as Xander Vos was yellow-carded. NWU-Pukke led 17-0 at half-time.
Madibaz struggled in the first half, lacking execution and giving away several penalties as the NWU-Pukke dominated the collision areas.
Five minutes into the second half, it was Hugo with a penalty opportunity and he made no mistake to extend the lead to 20-0 in favour of NWU-Pukke.
Jimmy Mpailane received a yellow card in the 53rd minute as he was punished for a high tackle. Vos then put the NMMU_Madibaz on the scoreboard for the first time with Simon Bolze converting to make the score 20-7.
With less than twenty minutes to go Hugo converted, another successful penalty before the home crowd, to extend Pukke's lead.
Captain Jeandré Rudolph joined the party behind the try line, as he went over for two quick tries in the 70th minute of the game. Rudolph’s second try, which was also the bonus try and made it two wins out of two for NWU-Pukke.
Player that Rocks: Boela Venter (NWU-Pukke)
Tries: Arnoldi, Schoeman, Jeandre Rudolph (2)
Cons: Schalk Hugo (4)
Pens: Hugo (3)
Yellow Card: Jimmy Mpailane
Try: Xander Vos
Con: Simon Bolze (1)
Yellow Card: Xander Vos
NWU-Pukke XV: 1. Dolf van Deventer, 2. Wilmar Arnoldi, 3. Dewald Dekker,4. Walt Steenkamp, 5. Loftus Morrison, 6. Wandile Mazibuko, 7. Boela Venter, 8. Jeandré Rudolph, 9. Chriswill September, 10. Schalk Hugo, 11. Tapiwe Mafura, 12. Henko Marais, 13. Elden Schoeman, 14. Jimmy Mpailane, 15. Lungelo Gosa.
Substitutes: 16. Louis van der Westhuizen, 17. Nico van Tonder, 18. Morné Strydom, 19. Marcel Henn, 20 Caleb Louw, 21. AK Nela, 22. Justin Newman.
Madibaz XV: 1. Xander Vos, 2. Jean-Pierre Jamieson, 3. Nicolas Neil Roebeck, 4. Wynand Grassmann, 5. Gerrit Huisamen, 6. Stephanus Francois Niewuodt, 7. Henry Brandon Brown, 8. Kevin Aneh Kaba, 9. Lovu Tevin Claassen, 10. Simon Nord Bolze, 11. Athenkosi Mayinje, 12. Somila Jho, 13. Thomas Michael Kean, 14. Khanya Malotana, 15. Lindelwe Siyanda Zungu.
Substitutes: 16. Jedwyn Brett Harty, 17. Tembelihle Yase, 18. Janse Roux, 19. Jayson Chris Reinecke, 20. Rouche Nel, 21 Jordan Koekemoer, 22. Luan Nieuwoudt, 23. Nicolaas Jacobus Oosthuizen